The Notable Absentee

It took six months for Bell Labs to announce their invention of the transistor to the world.

First came a press conference on June 30th 1947.

Then came a technical conference and demo on July 20th to which the scientific glitterati were invited.

A notable absentee was Lee de Forest, inventor of the triode which he called the Audion.

In his letter declining Bell Labs’ invitation, de Forest referred to ‘the wake of my 42 year-old infant the Audion,’ adding, ‘I suspect, however, that the interment of the remains will prove to be a long, time-consuming process, at least in the realms of high powers and very high frequencies.’

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  1. Peter F vaughan
    September 18, 2012 12:02

    Yes, the internment is by no means complete yet!

  2. Anonymous
    September 17, 2012 10:21

    Ah yes.
    Crystal sets.
    I have a galena crystal & cat’s whisker in the stores.
    Dunno if it works though, I prefer the OA81 approach myself.

  3. Mike Bryant
    September 14, 2012 17:37

    we’ll all be reminiscing about crystal sets soon :-)

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